Mayor Harry Rilling's Energy and Environmental Task Force wants more residents to save "green" by going green.
Six local home energy efficiency companies presented clean energy solution options to local residents at Norwalk City Hall Tuesday night for the task force's first Earth Month home energy savings event.
"The reason why we're here is to promote knowledge of energy efficiency and getting you started on thinking about getting new appliances," said Collin Babbage, New England Smart Energy Group marketing and outreach coordinator.
"The cheapest energy is the energy that we don't use and we're really very focused on that," said state senator Bob Duff. "In addition Connecticut is known throughout the nation as a leader in clean energy and conservation efforts, as a matter of fact, we have a 10 times increase in using clean energy than we did three years ago."
Recently Michael Barbis and superintendent Manuel Rivera from the Board of Education joined the task force in its efforts to reach out to the community.
Companies presented home energy solutions, loans and various other ways to reduce a home's carbon footprint.
"In the coming months, you'll see projects beginning," said task force member Diane Lauricella. "Where we have discussions about toxic waste sites, clean water issues, how to save water, we want to go and talk about solar, to spend a whole event based on solar, on geothermal, we will look at water saving devices."
Eric Gribin, director of building efficiency and sustainable technology programs at Norwalk Community College, says teaching future workers on the benefits sustainable energy will help move the community forward.
"Being aware of climate change and how our society operates and the burning of fossil fuels and how that effects everyday life and how it's effecting our climate gets them up in the morning," said Gribin. "It's not just a job where they're making money. They're actually contributing to something positive."
For more information on local sustainable energy services visit www.energizect.com or www.norwalkhasenergy.com.